By: Gracie Murray
Birmingham, Ala.- Emory Builta (Daphne, Ala., Bayside Academy) just parted ways with Birmingham-Southern College as a member of the class of 2017 after four years as a Panther on the women's track and field team. Builta graduated with a degree in business administration and a minor in psychology, with a distinction in leadership studies. She plans on pursuing a career in property management with hopes of running an apartment complex.
"I have quite a bit of experience with being on the residence life staff here at BSC," said Builta. "And after being in charge of the Hilltop Apartments this year, it is something I am very passionate about."
Builta stumbled across BSC as a senior at her state high school track and field competition when Kenneth Cox, head coach of the BSC men's and women's track and field programs, approached her.
"I had already decided that I was going to Troy, but I figured why not," explained Builta of speaking with Cox. "Coach Cox got me interested in the school and made it possible for me to continue my track and field career. I got into BSC so quickly, it was crazy and all these things came together. It was pretty surprising."
When Builta was not training or cracking down on the books, she spent her time at the Greystone Golf and Country Club planning weddings. "I started off as the hostess in the restaurant in the club," Builta began. But I was bored with that so I started working with their events people. I started planning weddings and had about thirty couples come through this past summer, it was crazy."
Despite being only a few hours from her hometown Mobile, Ala., Builta does not go home very often. "I feel like it's a good thing I went a little bit away, because I could have been a homebody if I had stayed closer," she explained. Growing up Builta was an athletic child.
"In middle school I played basketball, then I played volleyball," she said. " When it wasn't volleyball season it was track season. I've done track and field since I was in the 6th grade. I can remember being in 6th grade and being on varsity competing to go to state and then crying my eyes out because I couldn't get to state as a 6th grader."
This drive is what led Builta to the successful athletic and academic career she had at Birmingham-Southern. Builta's work ethic and desire to succeed is driving her into new paths in her new chapter of life. She left BSC with two championship rings and an amazing liberal arts education.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite color?
Who is your favorite band?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People being late.
What is your favorite holiday?
If you could vacation anywhere, where would it be?
Italy, I would live there if I could.
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Cat hands down.
Who is your favorite sports team?
The Atlanta Braves.
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could binge watch anything on Netflix what would it be?
Designated Survivor, hands down my favorite new show.
Who would you drop everything for to see in concert?
Something weird like Aviici.
What is your favorite room in your house?
We had this huge playroom and that thing was epic.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Cambodia or Thailand.
What is the last book you read?
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf. I'm doing the hundred books to read in your twenties. It's quite fun.